Bike Shorts, June 28, 2021

5 Jul 2021 3:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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Quote of the week: Hills. We love them. We hate them. They make us strong. They make us weak. Today I chose to embrace hills. (from https://ilovebicycling.com/)

1. The Rides (June 29-July 5)

Changes in the tour schedule may occur at short notice. Please check the Club Calendar on the website, as well as your email, prior to heading to a start location. Cancellations and additions will be reflected on the calendar, as soon as the Tour Director is notified. Additionally, if a ride gets cancelled or changed, you will be notified by email.

Tour leaders are reminded to contact the Tour Director at: tour-director@knbc.ca if any changes are required to their ride.

Full details on all rides can be found on the KNBC Club Calendar of rides and events on the KNBC website. The KNBC Calendar, containing the most up to date info on your rides, is located at https://knbc.ca/page-18460

Wednesday, June 30

L2 - Carleton Place - 76 km

L3 - Norway Bay - 70 km

Saturday, July 3

L1 Gravel - Carleton Place to Almonte - 35 km

Sunday, July 4

L1 - Kanata - Richmond - Stittsville - 59 km

L3 – Richmond – Manotick - North Gower - 79 km

2. Tour Director News June 28

The number of club rides being offered continues to increase. The first official club gravel ride took place this past week and was a success. Gravel riding provides another dimension to cycling and all members are encouraged to give it a try.

A call for ride proposals has gone out to Tour Leaders encouraging them to submit at least one ride during July and August. As the number of vaccinated Ontarians is steadily increasing, I am hoping that the comfort level of club members and tour leaders will result in more rides and increased participation.

We are moving into Step 2 of the Ontario Roadmap to Reopen 30 June and the KNBC policy and guidelines have been updated to reflect these changes. The following is an extract from the KNBC COVID-19 Day Tour Policy - June 30, 2021

KNBC will be following these guidelines:

  • The tour leader will specify the ride size – maximum 25 (tour leader plus 24 registrants).
  • All participants are to adhere to the current Provincial and Public Health COVID-19 restrictions and practice appropriate social distancing measures.
  • All participants must have an active KNBC 2021 membership
  • Picnic lunches are preferred as restaurant capacity is restricted
  • Single file riding is recommended. (Quebec has mandated single file only)
  • All riders should bring a mask, hand sanitizer, and sufficient water.

Please have a look at the complete document and the other related policies at https://knbc.ca/KNBC-COVID-19-Policies.

All members are requested to consider leading rides when their comfort level permits. Anyone interested in becoming a Tour Leader please contact Wayne at tour-director@knbc.ca . As restrictions ease, we will assess whether or not we will be able to resume our regular in person Tour Leaders training sessions. All new leaders will be provided course material and mentoring.

3. Safety Tip from Monna - Shoulder check BEFORE moving or changing directions on your bike

With the increased presence of electric (silent) vehicles on the road, it is vital that we get in the habit of shoulder checking BEFORE we move or change directions on our bikes.

Additionally, a shoulder check (unlike a mirror check) will serve to communicate to pedestrians, cyclists or motorists behind you, that you are about to do something, and helps them anticipate your intentions.

When group riding, this essential verification enables you to confirm there is no one directly behind you, and can greatly assist in preventing accidents.

Share the Road video: https://vimeo.com/128887805

4. Diversions

Article: NCC bistros are open - Confederation Park and Remic Rapids

https://ncc-ccn.gc.ca/bistro

Article: Cycling culture gains ground in Lebanon as fuel runs dry

Cycling culture gains ground in Lebanon as fuel runs dry | Business and Economy News | Al Jazeera

Article: Roadmap to Reopening Ontario https://www.ontario.ca/page/reopening-ontario

Article: Participants In Philly's Naked Bike Ride will have to cover Up ... their faces

https://www.npr.org/2021/06/26/1007735748/participants-in-phillys-naked-bike-ride-will-have-to-cover-up-their-faces

Website: World Naked Bike Day (NSFW) – Ottawa? http://worldnakedbikeride.org/

Skill testing video: How to fix a flat tire (6:17)  https://youtu.be/58STtUM-Wow

Geoffrey Gurd, President, KNBC